UCD honours Noelle Walsh (BE, Chemical Engineering, 1985) at 2019 UCD Alumni Awards
University College Dublin’s high achievers across a range of disciplines have been recognised at the 2019 UCD Alumni Awards. This year’s winner for Engineer was Noelle Walsh (BE, Chemical Engineering, 1985). The awards were presented by UCD President Professor Andrew J Deeks at a special ceremony in UCD O’Reilly Hall.
A senior figure at Microsoft, Noelle Walsh leads the Cloud Operations and Innovations operation, a role that includes supply planning and strategic acquisition as well as global construction and data centre operations.
Previously, she spent 25 years with the Dow Chemical Company, where she worked across multiple businesses. Throughout her career, Noelle has been at the forefront of technological advances and has led initiatives to advance women’s leadership in Europe and the USA.
Noelle was a co-founder of Dow’s Women’s Innovation Network (WIN) in the Netherlands and served as co-chair of WIN in North America.
In 2013, The Manufacturing Institute recognized her with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award.
During her time at the Dow Company, Noelle led over 25% of its Manufacturing base, the Chemicals Division of businesses and Global Supply Chain and Customer Service functions.
Noelle has worked extensively around the world, running large scale commodity businesses and manufacturing facilities to leading major strategic divestitures and integrating acquisitions.
Noelle’s trademark is working with teams to unleash best-in-class performance and an operational excellence mindset for businesses at scale.